Thursday, March 10, 2005

Nouns v. Adjectives

Another example today of the poor use of nouns as descriptors when the adjective (or even possessive) form is better. A headline from my local paper:


Chinese would be the best word to use, but given the tight count, why not try China's. That's a 6 1/2. Textiles is 6 and about fills the line. But for the sake of better usage, I bet the paper could have squeezed a half space in.

Update: And, now, this afternoon, is this hed on that paper's Web site:
Spain Muslims issue fatwa against bin Laden

It's on the Web, so there's no tight-count argument here. It's Spanish Muslims.


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